Elisa Hegg, Ph.D., BCBA, President-elect, began working, as many do in our field, as an in-home ABA therapist in Vancouver, Canada. In 2000, after completing a BA at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Hegg moved to Boston in order to further her education in ABA. In 2004 she completed a MS in Applied Behavior Analysis through Northeastern University, while working with adolescents in a residential school program that based teaching and intervention on ABA. Dr. Hegg has been afforded opportunities to work within a public school district developing an ABA program for young children; as well to be a home- and school-based consultant working with clients from early intervention through the transition to adulthood. After completing coursework in a PhD program in behavior analysis at Simmons College, she was offered the opportunity to teach in the Master’s program, as well as to be the Director of Mentoring and Supervision. Dr. Hegg continued in this role until moving with her family to Maine. Since being in Maine, she has worked with Maine families, providing evaluation and consultation services, and has also maintained contact with the Simmons College community, teaching in their online Behavior Analysis program.
M. Caroline Waters, M.Ed., BCBA, Secretary, became a BCBA in May 2017 after completing her graduate program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education in Nashville, TN. While in graduate school, she worked at the Susan Gray school doing research on increasing functional play behaviors of non-verbal children with autism. Recently, some of her research was published in the journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Waters received her Bachelor’s degree in 2008 from the College of the Holy Cross and previously worked in schools in Bozeman, Montana and the Boston area. She currently work as an in-home and school based BCBA with Woodford’s Family Services in Westbrook, Maine. Ms. Waters resides in South Portland with her husband and son.
Eric Campbell, M.S. Special Education, BCBA, Treasurer, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011. He received his MS in Special Education from the University of Southern Maine and completed his ABA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology. Mr. Campbell has experience working with children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities from preschool to high school in both the day treatment and public school setting. Mr. Campbell is employed at Spurwink Services as a Senior Program Director of Education. His responsibilities include supervision, training and consultation to programs within the agency and outside BCBA consultation.
Laura Manuel, M.A., Ed.S., BCBA, Member-at-Large, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014. She received her MA and Ed.S. from Rowan University in School Psychology and studied ABA through Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Manuel has experiencing working in school districts ranging from preschool through high school since 2009. Currently Ms. Manuel is continuing her work for a local school district as well as working in private practice. In her private practice, Ms. Manuel uses ABA to help individuals with health and wellness goals.
Jamie L. Pratt, PsyD, BCBA-D, Member-at-Large, became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in in 2010. Dr. Pratt received an M.S. in Educational Psychology and a Psy.D. in School Psychology from the University of Southern Maine. In addition to the BCBA-D credential, Dr. Pratt holds certification as a School Psychologist-Doctoral and licensure as a Psychologist. She is an Assistant Professor of Educational and School Psychology at the University of Southern Maine and provides clinical consultation for school-aged children with developmental and emotional-behavioral disorders. Dr. Pratt has contributed to several publications on behavior analytic assessment and intervention strategies and recently co-authored a practical handbook for conducting school-based functional behavioral assessments.
Sheri Sastre, M.Ed., BCBA,Member-at-Large, currently lives and works in Saco. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is a certified Special Education Teacher and BoardCertified Behavior Analyst. For the past nineteen years Ms. Sastre has worked to support children and adolescents ages birth to twenty-one and their families in early intervention, preschool, day treatment and residential settings to build academic and functional skills. Much of her work has been focused around individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has worked at Spurwink for 18 years and has served as a teacher, consultant, administrator and Behavior Analyst in that time. Ms. Sastre also has a personal experience with Autism, as a parent of a 15-year-old daughter who was diagnosed at the age of 2.
Leanna Simao, Student Committee Chair, is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, with a degree in Humanities. In the spring of 2018 she was accepted to the Education Psychology graduate program at USM, with her focus being in behavior analysis. Her interest in this field stretches beyond the classroom and clinical applications. Ms. Simao’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in September of 2016. Ms. Simao reflects that the ABA approach and methodologies used to help her son were very impressive. She knew immediately that this was a field of study that she wanted to pursue.